Italy foreign minister says position on marines 'very solid'

Terzi points to international support in scuffle with India

Italy foreign minister says position on marines 'very solid'

Jerusalem, March 14 - Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi on Thursday said Italy's decision to not return to India two marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen last year is based on a "very solid" position. "We have a very solid position, of which we are perfectly convinced, (as are) many important partners in the international community, (based on) the fact that we are acting in full respect of international law," Terzi said from Jerusalem, where he is on a diplomatic mission to meet Israeli political leaders. The Italian foreign minister was referring to the Indian Supreme Court's letter earlier Thursday to the Italian ambassador in New Delhi which accused him of "violating" a promise that the two marines - granted a one month permit to leave India in February to vote in Italy's recent national elections - would be returned to India. However asked to comment specifically on the letter delivered to Italy's ambassador, Terzi only said: "I won't enter into the details".

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